Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's

Concours d^Elegance of America at St. John^s August 2014
• 36th annual Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's a Resounding Success!
• 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria by Murphy and 1939 Bugatti T57C Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck win Best of Show at 2014 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's.

More Than 250 Cars on View for Picture Perfect Day and 4th Successful Year at New Location

Plymouth, MI, July 27, 2014: Blessed by near perfect weather, on Sunday, July 27th, the 36th Annual Concours d'Elegance of America at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth welcomed continuous crowds all day to the beautiful grounds, making its fourth year at its new home a success. More than 250 magnificent vehicles were on display for the public under blue skies. The Concours brought great diversity to the show field this year, featuring Jet-Age pickups, vintage drag bikes, the cars of Oscar Davis, and the work of designer Virgil Exner along with the American and European Classics.

The Concours d'Elegance of America is dedicated to the Genius of the Automobile. It is a unique celebration of exotic, beautiful and historically important automobiles and the people behind them: their innovations, designs and technology that influenced the world.

Keeping this mission in mind, this year's event featured an unmatched range of innovative, one-of-a-kind automobiles that include everything from the most famous European and American race cars in history including the 1919 Paige 6-66 Daytona Speedster Prototype and the first Nash-Healy Roadster, regarded by many as the first true American Sports car. A special exhibit of the break-through 'Forward Look' automobiles of visionary designer Virgil Exner delighted patrons. As Chrysler's first styling chief, Exner designed some of the most memorable show and production cars during the tailfin era. First up were the 'jet-age' 1955 Plymouths, Dodges, DeSotos, Chryslers and Imperials. Then came the 1957 models: With sky-high fins, these 'longer, lower and wider' dreamboats sent competitors scrambling to catch up. On display were carefully selected examples from each generation of the genre. Virgil Exner Jr., retired Ford designer and son of Virgil Exner, was an honorary judge.

Speaking of Forward Look, there was an unusual class that featured Jet Age pick-up trucks from the mid- to late-1950s. This display told the story of how the utilitarian pickup was transformed into a whole new kind of personal-luxury vehicle. Featured trucks included a 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier, the first of the 'styled' pickups with smooth body sides and color-coordinated interiors. A limited-edition 1957 International Harvester Golden Jubilee and an ultra-rare (Canadian) Fargo Sweptside pickup delighted fans of Mid-Century Modern design. Other pickups in this 'Jet-Age' class were the Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino, both of which were highly styled 'car-truck' hybrids. Also making its St. Johns debut was the one-off factory-built prototype pickup from 1959, the Pontiac 'El Catalina.'

And, of course, the field showcased the magnificent Classic Era automobiles that The St. John's Concours, formerly the Meadow Brook Concours, has long been known for.

Another featured class was the Evolution of the Sports Car, with entries that included many of the most beautiful, heroic, and legendary sports cars ever conceived. Race-bred roadsters, 'one-off' design statements, and a host of definitive British and Italian GTs represented Europe's postwar best. Legendary Anglo-American hybrid sports cars included a fire-breathing Allard J-2 competition roadster and CSX 2196, the first Shelby 427 Cobra built.

Enthusiast of the Year
Mention the name Oscar Davis, and you'll hear accolades and respect. As a businessman, Oscar is the owner of New Jersey-based Hayward Industries - one of the world's largest manufacturers of residential pool equipment. They employ over 1,500 people within their two worldwide divisions.

As a collector with over 40 cars in his collection, Oscar has assembled one of the finest displays of European performance cars in the world. His newly-constructed museum is devoted to his collection of Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Talbot Lago, and Lancia among other collectible automobiles.

Over his many years of collecting, he has shared his passion by opening his collection to car clubs and taking his cars to events worldwide. This year, the Concours d'Elegance at St. John's honored Oscar as their Enthusiast of the Year. A separate display on the show field housed five vehicles from his collection which best illustrated his passion for collecting automobiles. The cars included a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 'B' Touring Spyder, a 1954 Maserati A6G 2000, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Speciale, a 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia 'Buegelfalte' and a 1938 Talbot Lago T-150C SS.

Best In Show
The final highlight of Concours events is the awarding of the best-in-show award, and it is a special tradition of the Concours d'Elegance of America to present two such awards, one to the best domestic vehicle and one to the best foreign vehicle.

The Best in Show - American went to a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria by Murphy owned by William and Barbara Parfet of Hickory Corners, Michigan. Best in Show - Foreign went to a 1939 Bugatti T57C Cabriolet from the Patterson Collection of Louisville, Kentucky.

The large crowd was at rapt attention during the entire presentation of awards, but Olympic style fervor seemed to overcome everyone at the grand finale, when both top winning cars drove towards each other, headlight to headlight, to 'take their award winning bow.' The crowd applauded wildly and gathered as close as they could to the winning automobiles.

The final Concours day on Sunday caps off a week of auto-related activities including a screening of the Formula One biopic Rush, informative seminars free to the public, automotive art exhibitions, Classic car motor tours, a black-tie Saturday night celebration, the RM Classic Car Auction, and more.
The Concours d'Elegance of America presented dozens of awards over the weekend including best of class. Below is a short selection of some of the special awards:

• Best Driving Award - Car We Would Like to Drive Home - 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS owned by Stephen & Kim Bruno of Boca Raton, Florida.
• Chairman's Award - 1929 Duesenberg Model J owned by Tony & Jonna Ficco of Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
• Most Elegant Car - 1933 Cadillac 425C owned by Steve Brauer of St. Louis, Missouri.
• The People's Choice Award - 1919 Paige 666 Daytona owned by Ed & Judy Shoenthaler of Oak Brooke, Illinois.
• Timeless Beauty Award - 1940 Packard Sport Sedan by Darrin owned by Mike and Joy Ames of Arlington, Texas.
• Designer's Choice Award - David R. Holls Memorial - 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court owned by Roger Willbanks of Denver, Colorado.

Along with the Concours d'Elegance, the event also featured RM's Motor City auction of more than 75 automobiles and three free seminars which focused on topics like restoration versus preservation, the value of unrestored cars in the marketplace, and automotive design. Other events included Purse-suasion, a ladies' luncheon sponsored by the ladies of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, and the second annual 'Italian Happening' on the 18th hole of the golf course featuring a glorious array of Italian-built automobiles. The Saturday night celebration, High Heels & Wheels, had everyone in black ties and high spirits.

The Setting
The Inn at St. John's offers the Concours more than 200 acres of beautifully landscaped countryside and handsome grounds for showcasing the 'by invitation only' world class automobiles traditionally shown at the event. The showcase autos compete for honors during the show. Classic, rare and magnificent automobiles from across the country and the world have been invited to participate.

The Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's offers visitors an unparalleled experience of elegance from another era and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see so many valuable and important automobiles at one place and at one time. The total field is valued at well over 25 million dollars.

The handsome and wide ranging facility at St. John's offers a capacious display field, a 27 hole golf course adjacent to the former Seminary and supremely elegant facilities with 25 foot ceilings, hand painted inlays, dramatic lighting and soaring windows. It includes two ballrooms, a handsome atrium and an adjacent luxury hotel.


Thank you to everyone who made the 2014 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's such a wonderful show!

Galleries
1908 Fiat 50 HP  
1910 Hupmobile Model 20  
1910 Maxwell Model Q  
1910 Mitchell Model S  
1911 Alpena Flyer  
1911 Pierce Arrow Model 36  
1911 Pope-Hartford Model W  
1914 Regal Model 25 Underslung  
1914 Stellite 8/10 HP  
1930 Stutz SV16  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  
1931 Franklin Series 15  
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight  
1931 Peerless Master 8  
1932 Studebaker President  
1933 Cadillac 452C V16  
1935 Chrysler Airflow Imperial Series C-2  
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16  
1938 Packard 1607 Twelve  
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180  
1941 Cadillac Series 75  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1930 Packard 734  
1932 Cadillac 370B V12  
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial  
1932 Packard Model 903 Deluxe Eight  
1933 Cadillac 452C V16  
1933 Packard 1002 Standard Eight  
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial  
1932 Pierce Arrow Model 54  
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial  
1933 Packard 1002 Standard Eight  
1933 Packard 1005 Twelve  
1934 Packard 1104 Super Eight  
1934 Packard 1107 Twelve  
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve  
1941 Cadillac Series 62  
1922 Marmon Model 34B  
1923 Checker H-2  
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1925 Wills Sainte Claire B-68  
1930 Dodge Series DC  
1934 Buick Series 50  
1937 Dodge Series D5  
1937 Hupmobile 618-G  
1939 Lincoln Zephyr Series 96H  
1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Series 26  
1940 Hudson Series 44  
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180  
1941 Lincoln Zephyr  
1948 Lincoln Mark I Continental  
1948 Tucker 48  
1951 Studebaker Commander State  
1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1953 Cadillac Series 62  
1954 Plymouth Belvedere  
1956 Buick Century Series 60  
1956 Continental Mark II  
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car  
1959 Cadillac Series 62  
1960 Cadillac Eldorado  
1960 Pontiac Bonneville  
1962 Pontiac Bonneville  
1963 Studebaker Lark Eight Daytona  
1964 Ford Galaxie 500  
1964 Lincoln Continental  
1964 Mercury Park Lane  
1966 Chevrolet Impala Series  
1967 Chevrolet Impala Series  
1967 Pontiac Grand Prix  
1969 Chrysler 300 Series  
1970 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight  
1969 Dodge Charger  
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona  
1969 Ford Torino  
1969 Mercury Cyclone  
1970 Plymouth Road Runner  
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8  
1930 Bugatti Type 50  
1936 Delahaye Type 135  
1938 Georges Irat 6CV  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1951 Citroen Traction Avant  
1954 Ford Comète Monte Carlo  
1957 Bentley Continental S1  
1958 Facel Vega FVS  
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III  
1970 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280  
1972 Mercedes-Benz 600  
1975 Bitter CD  
1975 Jaguar XJ6  
1976 Jaguar XJ12  
1976 Jensen Interceptor  
1919 Paige Daytona Speedster Prototype  
1929 Packard 626  
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750  
1938 Peugeot 402 Darlmat Pourtout  
1950 Allard J2  
1951 Nash Healey LeMans  
1952 Muntz Jet  
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900  
1954 Jaguar XK-120  
1954 Siata 200CS  
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  
1955 Porsche 356  
1958 BMW 507  
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I  
1938 Jaguar SS 100  
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1  
1963 AC MA-200 Concept  
1963 Aston Martin DB4  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2  
1965 Shelby Cobra 427  
1966 Ford GT40  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
1968 Maserati Ghibli  
1969 DeTomaso Mangusta  
1969 Maserati Ghibli  
1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2  
1972 DeTomaso Pantera  
1972 Ferrari 246 Dino  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1909 Auburn Model G  
1923 Auburn Model 6-43  
1929 Auburn 8-120  
1930 Auburn Model 125  
1931 Cord L-29  
1932 Auburn 8-100A  
1934 Auburn 8-50Y  
1935 Auburn 851  
1936 Cord 810  
1937 Cord 812  
1929 Duesenberg Model J  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1931 Duesenberg Model J  
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1936 Duesenberg Model SJ  
1968 Lamborghini Islero  
1970 Lamborghini Jarama  
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV  
1974 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT  
1976 Lamborghini Countach  
1985 Lamborghini Jalpa P350 GTS  
1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary  
2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0  
2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera  
2008 Lamborghini Reventon  
2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4  
1964 Ford Mustang  
1965 Ford Mustang  
2015 Ford Mustang Convertible  
1964 Pontiac Tempest  
1965 Pontiac Tempest LeMans  
1966 Pontiac GTO  
1967 Pontiac Tempest GTO  
1969 Pontiac GTO  
1970 Pontiac GTO  
1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia  
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B  
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C  
1954 Maserati A6G/54 2000  
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Fiat Abarth 750GT  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1967 Ford GT40  
1970 Ford Mustang  
1977 Chevrolet Nova  
1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier  
1956 GMC Suburban  
1957 Ford Custom 300 Series Ranchero  
1957 Ford F-100  
1957 International Harvester Golden Jubilee  
1958 Chevrolet Apache  
1958 Dodge D-100 Sweptside  
1958 Fargo Series D100  
1959 Chevrolet El Camino  
1959 Pontiac Safari El Catalina  
1955 Chrysler New Yorker  
1956 DeSoto Adventurer  
1956 Dodge Custom Royal  
1956 Plymouth Belvedere  
1957 Chrysler 300C  
1957 Imperial Crown  
1957 Plymouth Fury  
1958 DeSoto Firedome  
1958 Dodge Custom Royal Series  
1959 Plymouth Sport Fury  
1960 Plymouth Fury  
1960 Plymouth Valiant  
1961 Chrysler 300G  
1961 Dodge Dart  
1961 Plymouth Fury  
1957 Chrysler Diablo Concept  
1960 Plymouth XNR Concept  
1957 Imperial Crown  
1958 Imperial Crown Series  
1959 Imperial Crown Series MY1-M  
1960 Imperial Crown  
1961 Imperial Crown Series RY1-M  
1915 Dodge Model 30-35  
1954 Chrysler La Comtesse Concept  
1954 Dodge Power Wagon  
1960 Chrysler 300F  
1970 Fiat 500  
1971 Dodge Challenger  
1911 Ann Arbor Convertible Touring  
1918 Cadillac Type 57  
1935 Hoffman X-8 Prototype  
1954 Fiat 8V  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1965 Dodge Deora Concept  
1997 Laird Roadster  
1967 Porsche 911  
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera  
2003 BMW Alpina Z8  
2005 Ford GT  
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  
2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage  
2013 Dodge Viper SRT  
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C  
2014 Dodge Viper SRT Anodized Carbon Special Edition GTS  
2014 Falcon F7  
2014 Jaguar F-Type Coupe  
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo  
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